Turkish PM urges Turks in Germany for 'integration'

Turkish PM urges Turks in Germany for 'integration'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Saturday on Turks in Europe to integrate into the societies in which they live, Anadolu agency reported.

He rejected, however, the idea of "assimilation" as he addressed the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Union of European Turkish Democrats, a Cologne-based lobbying group.

"We have been missing you for the years you have been missing us away from your motherland," Erdogan said. "I pay you my gratitude on behalf of my nation for your labor, patience and wisdom. We are proud of you as a nation."

"The alliance of some media organizations and foreign forces was meaningful after the Soma coal mine disaster in western Turkey," the prime minister said. "Foreign leaders should recognize the democratic will of our people and congratulate us, as we do after their elections."

"Why are none of the European countries condemning the Egyptian death sentences, and why cannot they call a coup a coup?" asked Erdogan.

He said Turkey was an integral part of Europe and racist attacks in Europe would be curbed with the participation of Turkey in the European Union.

"European political problems will not be solved by using Turkey, but by including Turkey," Erdogan said.

The prime minister praised the contributions of the expatriates in Germany.

"The gross worth of the Turkish entrepreneurs in Germany is €40 billion," he said. "They have 400,000 jobs and Turkey's trade volume with Germany has reached $30 billion."

"Four million German tourists visit Turkey every year and a number of Germans have settled in Turkey," he said. "We will work together for the wellbeing of Turkey, Germany and other European countries"

Erdogan said he was grateful for the condolences of expatriates for the victims of the Soma coal mine disaster in western Turkey on May 13, in which 301 workers were killed.

Erdogan accused what he called "illegal" groups, including opposition lawmakers, of "trying to gain political mileage" from the disaster.

He criticized some German media outlets for carrying out "black propaganda" against him and his government following the tragedy in Soma. "Unfortunately, some media outlets here are using insults against the prime minister of Turkey in order to exploit the Soma tragedy," he said.

Referring to different protesting groups outside the arena Erdogan said, "The protesters outside are also our brothers. We will leave here with grace and dignity, without being provoked and will preserve our fraternity at any cost."

Several non-governmental organizations and political groups had registered to hold counter-demonstrations Saturday in Cologne.

The European Federation of Alevi Communities, which has been critical of the Erdogan government's policies, held a mass rally in Cologne's Ebertplatz, three kilometers from the Lanxess Arena congress center, where Erdogan held his rally.

The anti-immigrant pro North Rhine Westphalia party organized a protest at Deutz Train Station, about 400 meters from the Lanxess Arena.

Iranian Foreign Ministry congratulates Azerbaijani people on Republic Day
Iranian Foreign Ministry congratulates Azerbaijani people on Republic Day
Azerbaijani president, first lady inaugurate Gobu Park-3 residential complex for IDPs (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani president, first lady inaugurate Gobu Park-3 residential complex for IDPs (PHOTO)
President Ilham Aliyev visits monument to Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (PHOTO)
President Ilham Aliyev visits monument to Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (PHOTO)
Loading Bars
Latest
Food price index slightly increases in Azerbaijan
Pedestrian bridge being constructed in Uzbekistan's Navoi city
Uzbekneftegaz continues to increase gas production in Uzbekistan's Bukhara region
Turkmenistan, Russia to sign memorandum on cooperation in energy sector
Iranian Foreign Ministry congratulates Azerbaijani people on Republic Day
Turkmenistan, OSCE discuss measures to combat terrorism financing
Azerbaijan increases import of cars from Turkey
Uzbekistan to build modern greenhouse in Tashkent region
Production in Azerbaijan's chemical industry grows
Oil production in Turkmenistan's Cheleken Peninsula grows
Iran launches first data center for satellite information
Uzbekistan simplifies entry procedure for foreign civil aviation operators
Azerbaijan’s Fostanpak to expand manufacturing of plastic products
Kazakhstan to supply locally produced electricity to Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan aims to reboot its tourism industry
Russian locomotives producer to send passenger wagons to Kazakhstan
Azerbaijan boosts import of grain and legumes from Turkey
Uzbekistan sales its share in hotel to Singaporean company
Azerbaijani president, first lady inaugurate Gobu Park-3 residential complex for IDPs (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Belarus could arrange joint oil refining and sale
Deutsche Bank ready to expand presence in Turkmenistan
Georgian bank offers its shares in Uzbekistan
UAE allocates aid to Tajikistan to support its COVID-19 battle
Kazakhstan to up its renewable energy output before year-end
TAP intends to proceed with subsequent phases of market test
Kazakhstan’s oil producing company to buy welding equipment via tender
Turkmenistan, French Total discuss prospects for cooperation in oil, gas industry
Kazakhstan's national sea carrier reveals oil transportation volume via Caspian Sea
Kazakhstan slightly increases import of ready-made clothes from Turkey
Petrofac extends contract for Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project
Import of ready-made clothes by Azerbaijan from Turkey surges
Georgian government eyes to reduce budget expenditures
Commission for economic growth restoration set up in Kazakhstan
Iranian president: import of basic goods increases
Consumer spending on pharmaceutical products greatly increases in Azerbaijan
Turkey discloses details of Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement
Georgian banks may finish 2020 with losses
Azerbaijani oil prices slump
President Ilham Aliyev visits monument to Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (PHOTO)
Kazakhstan, Russia trade drops slightly in 1Q2020
Eurogas: Europe needs more integrated energy infrastructure
Overview of Azerbaijani manat against major currencies for 1Q2020
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva: May our independence last forever! May Almighty God bless our native Azerbaijan! (PHOTO)
Georgian Airways to launch charter flights to Amsterdam, Tel Aviv
Tehran former mayor elected new speaker of Iranian parliament
Turkey sees drastic fall in number of tourists from France
Georgia to subsidize mortgage loans to citizens
Kazakh national atomic company's subsidiary to buy DC motor via tender
Number of Uzbek tourists visiting Turkey in April 2020 sharply down
Uzbek Commodity Exchange receives record net profit
Kazakhstan's KazMunayGas to double its dividend payments for 2019
Number of Turkmen tourists visiting Turkey in April 2020 shrinks
President Ilham Aliyev: I am sure that our independence development will be continuous and Azerbaijan`s state independence will live forever (PHOTO)
MEDEF: Azerbaijani and French companies have tangible business opportunities in at least 4 sectors
Georgia negotiating with Czechia to resume direct flights
Volume of cargo transited from France through Turkey disclosed
Iran's gold industry needs support
Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 23 times
Iranian government looks to sell shares on stock exchange
5 million beating hearts of Azercell! (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Geostat: Georgia increases fruit exports
US Secretary of State congratulates Azerbaijani people on Republic Day
Uzbek-Korean JV buys waterproofing materials via tender
Kyrgyzstan reports 74 new COVID-19 cases
New COVID-19 cases registered in Kazakhstan
S.Korea reports 79 more COVID-19 cases, 11,344 in total
Azerbaijan marks Republic Day
Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases
Trump promises to veto FISA bill if it is passed by House of Representatives
English Premier League's coronavirus positive cases rise to 12
WHO reports daily increase in coronavirus cases worldwide by over 84,000
UK COVID-19 deaths hit 37,460 after another 412 patients die
Boeing restarts 737 Max factory in step to jet’s comeback
NASA, SpaceX postpone historic astronauts launch for weather reason
U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000 as country reopens
Singapore reports 533 new COVID-19 cases, 32,867 in total
US clamps down on waivers tied to Iran's nuclear cooperation
Trump threatens social media shutdown over Twitter fact-check label
Boeing cutting more than 12,000 U.S. jobs with thousands more planned
111-year-old woman recovers from coronavirus in Chile
Germany reports 362 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 179,364
Floods kill at least 285 in Kenya
Saudi Arabia registers 1,815 new COVID-19 cases
Putin gets invitation from UK's Johnson on coronavirus vaccine summit: Kremlin
Azerbaijan discloses number of coronavirus tests
EU needs to focus on Brexit negotiations - UK negotiator
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky makes phone call to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev
EU warns against overloading pandemic relief package for banks
175 Azerbaijani citizens returned via charter flight from Moscow to Baku (PHOTO)
France bans hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients
Netherlands reports 15 new COVID-19 deaths
Cement export from Turkey to Georgia down
Export of Turkish clothing to Uzbekistan falls significantly
Azerbaijan increases import of chemicals from Turkey since start of 2020
Turkmenistan's Turkmennebitonumleri launches gas station repair in Lebab region
Balance crumbles, as Iran's export to China drops, imports increase
Turkey's export of wood, furniture to Azerbaijan increases
Annual income of FINCA Azerbaijan Non-Bank Credit Organization soars
Georgia's furniture import from Turkey drops significantly
Turkey's export of ready-made clothing to Italy drops
All news